With one of the most familiar voices in the world, actor Morgan Freeman is one of the most respected and liked figures in TV and film. After serving several years in the U.S. Air Force as a mechanic, Freeman continued his work on the theater stage. In 1978, he earned a Tony Award nomination for his performance in “The Mighty Gents”. He returned to Broadway again in 2008 to star in “The Country Girl” alongside Frances McDormand and Peter Gallagher. He then appeared in several TV shows, eventually making his feature film debut in “Who Says I Can’t Ride a Rainbow!” in 1971. His career continued to rise in the ‘80s, earning him his first Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for the 1987 film “Street Smart”. His star continued to rise in the 1990’s, earning him more Oscar nominations for “Driving Miss Daisy” and “The Shawshank Redemption”. He finally won an Academy Award in 2005 for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for “Million Dollar Baby” alongside Hillary Swank and Clint Eastwood. Most recently, Freeman has starred and appeared in a number of TV and films including “Madame Secretary”, “Ted 2”, and “Going in Style” with Michael Cain and Alan Arkin.
The 80-year-old actor has spoken about his use of weed in the past, and continues to do, seeing the benefits of its use and legalization. Like so many Americans, Freeman uses cannabis for pain relief, which is why he speaks out.
It all started seven years ago when he was involved in a car accident that resulted in the vehicle he was driving flipping several times. Once he was cut from the wreckage, he was transported to a nearby hospital in Memphis. From there, doctors operated for four hours to repair the nerves in his left arm, which was the result of his left shoulder, arm and elbow being shattered. To this day, Freeman still hasn’t regained the full use of his left hand, which is why he wears a compression glove to prevent blood pooling. That is also why he is an advocate for the use of cannabis.
It was after the accident that Freeman’s wife suggested medicinal cannabis. Back during a press tour for his movie “5 Flights Up,” Freeman discussed his weed use:
My first wife got me into it many years ago. How do I take it? However it comes! I’ll eat it, drink it, smoke it, snort it! This movement is really a long time coming, and it’s getting legs—longer legs. Now, the thrust is understanding that alcohol has no real medicinal use. Maybe if you have one drink, it’ll quiet you down, but two or three and you’re fucked.
Freeman went on to talk about the possible benefits of a full-scale cannabis legalization:
Marijuana has many useful uses. I have fibromyalgia pain in this arm, and the only thing that offers any relief is marijuana. They’re talking about kids who have grand mal seizures, and they’ve discovered that marijuana eases that down to where these children can have a life. That right there, to me, says, ‘Legalize it across the board!’
Additionally, Freeman also credits his cannabis use for his increased energy at an advanced age.
In fact, not only is he open about his own use, but he’s also an advocate for it on a much larger scale. With all of the information we now have about the benefits of medicinal cannabis, it’s not hard to see Freeman’s thought process. Either way, it’s nice to have a voice like Morgan Freeman on the side of cannabis advocacy—literally and figurately.